Dr. Pam Schiller
Cypress, Texas

Pam Schiller is a curriculum specialist and freelance author and speaker. Dr. Schiller has worked as a childcare administrator and has also taught in the public schools. She served as Head of the Early Childhood Department at the University of Houston, where she also directed the Lab School. Dr. Schiller shares her extensive knowledge in workshops, radio, and television interviews, and as a popular keynote speaker and author. She is the author of nine early childhood curriculums, including the internationally acclaimed Frog Street Pre-K, Frog Street Threes, Frog Street Toddler and Frog Street Infant programs. In addition, she has authored thirty-six children’s books, more than thirty teacher and parent resource books and a number of other creative projects such as activity books, DVDs and CDs.

Early Literacy and Brain Development

The emerging research from neuroscience indicates that paying attention to the windows of opportunity for wiring and enhancing wiring of brain connections has definite implications for helping children develop literacy. One of the key findings is that learning to read is wired on the same circuitry as learning to speak. Skilled communicators are generally skilled readers. This presentation looks at the developmental stages of literacy in consort with the windows of opportunity suggested by medical research.